HOSPITAL GRADE BREAST PUMPS VS STANDARD PUMPS

Shelbra - posted on 01/19/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Is there really a difference btwn hospital grade pumps and the standard ones you can by at the store? I am currently renting a hospital grade pump and find it to meet my expectations, However I have had it for two months and know that my contract should be ending soon. I am wondering if I go out and buy a pump from the store will work just as fine.

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Terri - posted on 01/20/2010

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I loved the hospital pumps. They work so much better than the manual ones. I have tried 3 breast pumps 2 manual and 1 electronic and they dont really compare when it comes to expressing. I had to express to feed my daughter as she wouldnt take the breast, for 3 weeks and I hired the hospital one. But then I looked into buying one and I got a twin pump one which is fantastic. Worked just as well as the hospital one. The only thing is they are not cheap. Mine cost about $200 but it was worth it with wat I would have saved from hiring one from the breastfeeding association. My brand was Ameda and is recommended by them. It is also portable which makes it great if you have to do it at work. Good luck :)

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Terri - posted on 12/16/2011

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I have heard that breast shields do help with inverted nipples. Have big ones shouldnt make any difference. Mine are huge and all my babies managed to suck just fine :) Massage your breasts if you are getting clogged ducts and make sure you express as much as you can to keep your milk flowing freely. Warm showers on your breasts can also help with this and the pain. I hope that helps a little until you can see your lactation consultant. :)

Monica - posted on 12/15/2011

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need help on breastfeeding along with clogged ducts and one inverted nipple and another nipple that is big. My daughter is in the NICU and exclusively pump until she comes home hopefully at the end of next month. I am contacting a lactation consultant, but have had mixed results in the past. Do breast shields really work on inverted nipples? Any help would be so appreciated.

Shelbra - posted on 01/20/2010

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Thanks for your response, My daughter latches on really well, however, I have started back to work, so I pump and feed her the breastmilk out of the bottle. On my days off I put her to breast for some of her feedings. That's what I was worried about,being that I pump 90% of the time, maybe a standard pump would make my pumping less effective.

Eleisha - posted on 01/20/2010

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It depends what you are using it for. I exclusively pumped for 7 months (now have finally got her latching as of 3 weeks ago) so I really needed the hospital grade one, but if it is just a one off or an occasional thing, then I would think a standard manual or standard electric would do the job fine.

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